2009 Kangarilla Road Scarce Earth Project Shiraz (A$50)
The grapes for this wine come from their Maslins Beach vineyard (see picture above). The wine has spent 14 months in new french oak and has only been bottled for 6 weeks before tasting. only 200 six packs have been produced of this wine.
The aromas were reminiscent of a spicy fruit cake – surprising especially sine the short time in the bottle. Some McLaren Vale licorice was also evident. As I was tasting the wine I could only think of juicy mulberries and plums. The 14 months in new french oak was evident especially with that dry dusty finish. Loads of various spices with white pepper, cardamom and star anise. there was a pleasant persistance to the wine that will only improve with time.
2009 Sabella Vineyard Shiraz (A$30)
Firstly, I was so impressed that even though this wine has made the Rare Earth Project listing the retail price for the wine has remained stationary. Directly from the winery this wine can be purchased for considerably less than the recommended retail. When first opened the aromas are generous with plumy and cedary notes from the french oak. The spice hint opens up considerably as the wine is left to breathe – cinnamon and cardamon combine well with the fresh dark plums. I ahve to agree that the wine is typically McLaren Vale – generous mid palate, licorice, plums and oak cedar. The whole is so much better than the individual parts as this melds into a long lasting sensation left for your mouth to enjoy well after the wine has gone. I enjoyed the 2007 version of this wine and this is a step up from that one – well done Michael.